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S&P 500 Retail Analysis, Commentary and Insights for Friday: May 10, 2024

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Hey Trader,

Finding Strength in Times of Transition

In the fast-paced world of trading, we often face moments of uncertainty and transition. It's during these times that we can draw inspiration from Acts 1:9: "After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight."

This verse speaks to the moment when Jesus ascended into heaven, leaving his disciples behind. While it may have been a moment of confusion and doubt for them, it also marked the beginning of a new chapter filled with promise and purpose.

As traders, we encounter similar moments of transition - whether it's navigating market volatility, making difficult decisions, or embracing new opportunities. Like the disciples, we may feel unsure of what lies ahead, but we can take comfort in knowing that every transition is part of a greater plan.

Just as Jesus' ascension marked the dawn of a new era, so too can our moments of transition lead to growth, resilience, and success in our trading journey. Let us embrace these moments with faith and confidence, trusting that we are being guided towards greater heights.

May this verse serve as a reminder that even in times of change, we are never alone.

Let us move forward with courage and determination, knowing that the path ahead is filled with infinite possibilities!

Be Relentless In Pursuit Of The Will 

Which God Has Set Upon Your Heart,

Anthony Speciale


Weekly Jobless Claims Surge to 231,000, Highest Since August

Jobless claims saw a significant uptick, reaching 231,000 for the week ended May 4, marking the highest level since late August 2023.

This rise of 22,000 from the previous period surpasses expectations, with the Dow Jones estimate at 214,000, as reported by the Labor Department on Thursday.

Despite a series of positive hiring reports, April's hiring was subdued compared to forecasts, signaling potential shifts in the labor market.

Moreover, declining job openings suggest a possible slowdown in the labor market's momentum throughout the year.

Accompanying the increase in layoffs, continuing claims, lagging by a week, also saw an uptick to 1.78 million, rising by 17,000 from the prior week.

The four-week moving average, which helps to smoothen out weekly volatility, rose to 215,000, up by 4,750 from the previous period.

Christopher Rupkey, chief economist at FWDBONDS, commented, "Weekly jobless claims are one of the timeliest indicators of when the economy is starting to undergo serious deterioration, and the magnitude of new layoffs this week looks worrisome."

In April, nonfarm payrolls experienced a modest increase of 175,000, falling short of the Wall Street estimate of 240,000. However, the unemployment rate remained steady at 3.9%, continuing a trend since February 2022 of holding below 4%.

While the release of jobless claims had little immediate impact on markets, with stock market futures slightly negative and Treasury yields mixed, concerns linger over potential implications for the broader economy.

Robert Frick, corporate economist at Navy Federal Credit Union, remarked, "A low number of claims had become almost monotonous, and while this surprising spike could well be a blip, we should expect more volatility and a trend toward higher claims as the labor market normalizes."

Federal Reserve officials are closely monitoring these developments as they navigate efforts to manage inflation. The expectation of interest rate adjustments looms, with markets anticipating the central bank to commence rate decreases in September.

S&P 500 Chart Analysis

S&P 500 Retail Analysis for Friday: May 10, 2024

Let's break down some important numbers for you to keep an eye . . .

If we see the market falling towards 5227.00, there's a good chance of support being found and price could then rally towards 5333.00. Potentially continuing to rise from there if strong enough resistance isn't found over the next several weeks.

But if the market goes down and closes below 5227.00, it could mean that the selling pressure might be ramping up, and we might start seeing things get worse. Perhaps even see it go down to 5077.00 in the next several week, and maybe even beyond that.

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So, keep an eye on these numbers, and let's see where the market takes us!

Happy Trading,

Speciale Analysis

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